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Old 15-08-2007, 15:54   #1
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another keel bolt question...

I had an 84' First with really bad nuts on the keel bolts, had it replaced, now I have a 84' First 30' ft, that visually have the bolts and nut in perfect condition, no discoloring, really in good condition. But everybody tells me to have them change anyway, due to age.....welllll I know parts have a life span, I am an avid aviator and truly value that way of thinking, but they look perfect, and I am not inclined to change them.

Give me your thoughts on this, like always thanks in advance for all the help.


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Old 15-08-2007, 16:01   #2
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Why would you replace good nuts unless you're worried about the bolts themselves and that's another whole story.

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Old 15-08-2007, 20:45   #3
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Clean nuts don't fail! It's the studs you have to be aware of. If you reomve the nuts you may find some stud problems. But unless you see some corrosion I wouldn't worry.

One question though. Is there a open seam between your keel and hull? If so then there maybe some concern about the studs. A lot of bolt-on keels, the seam is usually epoxy-ed up and sometimes glassed over down the keel for a ways. If so, relax!................._/)
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Old 16-08-2007, 00:56   #4
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"But everybody tells me"... Who's everybody?
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